Four goals by the Stena Line Belfast Giants in the space of only 98 middle period seconds helped do the damage on their way to an important 5-2 road win in Glasgow.
Leading 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes of action – the Giants struck four times in the second period to stun the home side and take two points in their final regular season game in Glasgow.
Following Saturday’s win – the Giants remain third in the standings with 44 points from 35 games. Though the Giants have closed in on second place with the Cardiff Devils two points ahead having played two games less. The Sheffield Steelers remain in first place with 51 points from 37 games ahead of the Giants visit on Sunday.
Shane Owen started in the Belfast net, posting 35 saves, with the Giants missing Liam Reddox, Rickard Palmberg and Pat Mullen.
Special Teams Dominate First
The Giants were called into early penalty killing with four penalties in eight first period minutes. Shane Owen and the Giants defence stood firm to kill off the Clan powerplays and the visitors opened the scoring soon after.
Curtis Leonard fed the puck to Jordan Smotherman and the forward picked out Brian Ward in front of the Clan goal to redirect the puck into the net at 10:49 for a powerplay goal of their own.
The Giants were clinical in the middle period in Glasgow. First up was Ryan Lowney who hammered home a one-timer from Ben Lake’s feed at 22:34.
Next up was a fine finish by Lewis Hook who took advantage of the rebound from Ciaran Long’s shot, only 14 seconds later at 22:48.
Elgin Pearce struck at 23:13 with a quick release into the roof of the Clan net at 23:13, assisted by Curtis Hamilton.
59 seconds later and it was 5-0 when Liam Morgan crashed the net and shot home the rebound from Kevin Raine’s slapshot.
The hosts got on the board at 27:50 when Marcus Jonsson skated the puck into the Giants zone and rifled a wrist shot past Shane Owen, assisted by Matt Pufahl.
Glasgow Grab Consolation
It was the visitors who would round off the scoring on Saturday’s Elite League clash as Matt Beca reacted first to Travis Ehrhardt’s rebound on the powerplay at 42:46.
Glasgow Clan 2-5 Stena Line Belfast Giants
Player of the Game
#22 Kevin Raine (1 Assist)
Next up for the Giants is their second road game of the weekend, against the Sheffield Steelers on Sunday 19th January, face-off 4pm.
Next at home is Saturday 25th January when the Giants face the Glasgow Clan, face-off 7pm at The SSE Arena. Tickets are available online now at ticketmaster.ie.